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Friday, May 28, 2010

UPDATE On Health Care Reform Repeal

Actual repeal seems very unlikely, but I would have said "impossible" two months ago.

Polls show that despite Congress and the Administration's efforts to roll out as much health care goodies as quickly as possible, the consequences, intended and unintended, are driving deeper disapproval ratings.

Current surveys of likely voters shows a widening gap for repeal of the law.  63 % are in favor of repeal, while 23 % are not (Rasmussen). 

The number of states supporting the constitutional challenge has risen to 33 (not all are part of the lawsuit).

Finally, Senators introduced a bill Thursday to repeal the bill altogether, replacing it with one of the six plans that Republicans offered during the debate prior to passage of the current law.

Well...fat chance in a one-party rule situation.  This is a political move that won't be seriously considered.

But clearly, momentum is not with the supporters of the new law.

This is really tragic.

I sure wish we had more people with experience of health care working on it (Obama, Sibelius wouldn't know a patient from a tort), and not political ideologues (some of whom have medical degrees, like the new nominee to head up Medicare).

In case you've forgotten, my view is that the success of our health care system rests on four pillars: coverage, quality, access, and cost. (not in any particular order).  To review my essay on this from August of 2009, go here

The new law is mostly successful on coverage, helpful and harmful in improving quality, does little for access to care, and fails utterly at cost control.

Doc D

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